"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
'Born of water' does not refer to water baptism. When Christians look at the scene of coming out of water after immersion in water baptism, they think that it is 'born of water', which is an error. Jesus Christ says in John 3:5 "I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." That is, nobody can enter into his kingdom without being born of the spirit and of water. In verse 3 he says, "I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." We can learn from these two verses that, (1) born of spirit, and it is to see the kingdom. (2) The second is born of water, and it is to enter his kingdom. Please refer to this link for 'born of spirit'. Second, born of water is extremely important. Ephesians 5 says, "26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Here, verse 27 says that it is to present it to himself, that is to take this person to his kingdom. So, by doing this he/she enters the kingdom of God. That is, this person is born of water and so he/she can enter into the kingdom of God. Now, look at verse 26, it says what is born of water. It is that the person is sanctified and cleansed by washing with the word of God, which is the water. So, born of water is to be sanctified and cleansed by the word of God. Jesus Christ says in John 15:7 "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you," It is important that we walk according to the word of God and if we do, we are born of water. "1 John 2:14 the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one." So again, the word of God abiding in you is born of water, and it will make you overcome the devil, which will qualify you to enter into the kingdom of God. "Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." By being born of water, which is also born again by the word of God, we will live or abide with God for ever in his kingdom. "1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." For a couple more points about the word of God, please click on this: "Word is Spirit."
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